Riders and physics

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After reading the online comments regarding West Homestead police ticketing Waterfront bicycle riders ("Stopping Power: Police Are Handing Out Tickets to Bicyclists Who Ignore Stop Signs at the Waterfront Complex," Aug. 13) it occurs to me that (a) many of the commenters have no concept of basic physics and (b) their parents never told them to stop and look both ways before crossing the street.

Two simple facts are these: One, if you are walking or bicycling and collide with a larger vehicle it doesn't matter if you're dead right or dead wrong, you'll lose the battle! My late father taught me that, along with (b) above.

Two, if you as a rider are reacting to what pedestrians and drivers are doing then you are behind the curve and in trouble. This is something I was taught when I learned to ride a motorcycle. Both are governed by the same laws of physics.

But the "war" rages on ... psychoanalysis of many of the comments reveals two things about the rider mindset, "The cars don't stop so why should we?" and "I expect pedestrians drivers to look out for me and not impede my progress."

Dead right or dead wrong ... what's the common denominator?

Use common sense, not so common in the bike vs. pedestrian vs. car debate, where emotion attempts to trump the laws of physics.

And don't lecture me about "conservation of momentum" either... Ben Roethlisberger's momentum was spent when a car turned in front of him and he collided with it.

West Mifflin



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